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South Dade’s Jaiden Francois Enters Transfer Portal


Former South Dade (Homestead, FL.) star and Nebraska true freshman, Jaiden Francois, has entered his name in the transfer portal, he announced on Friday.

Francois becomes the second signee from Florida to transfer without playing a snap at Nebraska, joining Henry Gray, who made the move due to FIU because of “an unexpected family situation.”

Gray and Francois were among some of Dade County’s class of 2020 prospects to sign with the Cornhuskers, as Northwestern’s (Miami, FL.) Marcus Fleming and Ronald Delancy III joined the team months back and remain part of the program.

Francois confirmed the news on Twitter, saying, “My Recruitment is now officially open.”

The consensus four-star recruit garnered 13 interceptions as a junior, setting a Dade County all-time record. In addition, he was a first-team all-state selection. Francois committed and decommitted from Manny Diaz’s Hurricanes twice before ultimately signing with Nebraska.

Luckily for Miami, four-star safety Avantae Williams and three-star safety Keshawn Washington, who also went to South Dade, signed with UM, keeping them from missing out on a 2020 safety.

The 6-foot-1, 182-pound safety instead put his trust in coach Scott Frost, saying that he “just didn’t see enough” when he visited the University of Miami. “A little bit of change in the programs. Coaches, players, everything played a big part of it,” Francois said.

Francois’ signing day did feature some drama, as he stepped away from where he was set to commit and answered several phone calls. Still, he decided to choose Nebraska. “I followed my heart,” he said.

Francois was an early enrollee at Nebraska back in January, taking part in the Huskers’ winter conditioning program and the first two spring practices before the coronavirus pandemic shut down college football.

247Sports Composite rankings list Francois as the No. 46 player in the Sunshine State (No. 271 overall) and No. 28 safety in the 2020 class.

Michael Yero covers all of South Florida’s major pro teams, along with high school sports for 305 Sports. He also covers sports for Immaculata-La Salle High School’s student newspaper, the Royal Courier.

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